Written by MJ Stratton.
Hello to all, and welcome back! The summer ended, sadly but what a summer it has been! I can only recommend a late summer holiday away from home. But today I am hosting MJ Stratton, and her upcoming book, “The Redemption of Lydia Wickham” I am intrigued, it is not often, Lydia is redeemed within variations. But I am intrigued and hopeful. I wish MJ Stratton luck with her new book. I will leave you in MJ’s hands and allow you to read about this book.
BLURB FOR THE REDEMPTION OF LYDIA WICKHAM:
I may not be the most book-learned girl in the country, but I would like to think that I am wiser than I was, and much less silly.
Lydia Wickham used to think herself rather clever, having caught a handsome man and being the first to marry of her sisters. Soon, however, she finds herself trapped in a marriage to a man who is not what she thought him to be. Her pride keeps her from revealing her plight to her sisters and family, suffering in silence for years.
Unexpectedly, Lydia is freed from her marriage and begins life away from her misery in Newcastle. The changes in her are apparent to most, but there are those that resist seeing her for who she is and not who she was. As Lydia seeks to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become, she reunites with her loved ones and makes many friends along the way. But will Lydia get what she always wanted? Will she have what her sisters have, that which she craves desperately? Will Lydia Wickham find love of her own?
The Redemption of Lydia Wickham is a full length novel centered on the idea that even a foolish 16 year old girl can grow up and become wiser.
Warning: this book contains brief, non-graphic mentions of spousal abuse and assault
I am definitely intrigued and can’t wait to have time to further read this book! Lydia sounds like she has potenial for a future, without Wickham.
MJ Stratton grew up in a small town in rural Utah, moving back in 2021 after being away for ten years. Her love of Jane Austen was born at a young age when she read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. Her first ever exposure to JAFF was watching Lost in Austen as a teen. MJ recently left her teaching job to be at home with her four children, and hopefully pursue her passion for writing more fully. After feeding her love of books by editing and beta reading for years, she hopes to commit more fully to penning her own stories. MJ loves food, growing things, and the quiet of the countryside. You can find MJ on Facebook and Amazon.
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Working Title: Mr. Wickham Intervenes
June 1, 1804
Northmore Estate, Wiltshire
19 year old George Wickham was rather enjoying his time at Viscount Northmore’s estate. The summer weather was beautiful, the sport marvelous, and, best of all, he was having the time of his life on someone else’s coin. George had met the viscount at Cambridge at the beginning of his first term at Cambridge. After being tormented for years at Eton, even with Darcy’s protection, it was a nice change for a peer to be paying him some attention. Darcy had been his only friend through their years in school up until last term. Now George had been invited to spend the summer at Northmore with the viscount and several other friends. Yes, things were truly looking up.
The door to the salon opened and a footman entered. “For you, sir,” said the stiff-lipped servant, as he handed the envelope in his hand to George.
Immediately, George’s curiosity piqued. This was an express. No one he knew would send him such a missive…He tore it open, reading rapidly before collapsing in the chair.
Your father fell ill 3 weeks ago with a spring cold. He has been unable to recover and it has moved to his chest. We do not expect him to last through the summer. Enclosed are some funds to see you home to Pemberley,
George reread the missive in his hands many times, barely daring to breathe. His father? No. The man was a tower of strength. He had fallen from a ladder and broken his leg 5 years ago. The doctors had all claimed he would never walk again, yet 6 months later the man had been about his business as the Darcy’s steward as if nothing had happened. Surely Mr. Darcy was mistaken.
Not that it mattered. He would be on the next post coach home, if at all possible. George refused to risk the chance that he would not be present if his father passed.
He gathered his thoughts, and strode out to find the viscount. There were voices coming from the library, and George assumed that was where the rest of the gentlemen in the party were. As he approached the door, he happened to hear his name. He stopped outside, interested to hear what was being said.
“Come now, Northmore!” Lord James Rutherford said loudly. “What do you see in Wickham? He’s the son of a steward! Hardly a gentleman and definitely not worth your time!”
“I concede that point, James,” Northmore said. “Wickham is a useful fellow. He is passingly good at cards and willing to do just about anything to keep my patronage.”
“So he is a lapdog?” said Marcus Hawthorn, heir to a baronetage.
“Very much so,” Northmore said. “Obviously he will not be in our circles once university is complete, but for now, I do not mind having him around. Besides, it is a connection to the Darcys, tenuous though it is.”
“Ha!” guffawed James. “In that you are correct. We know old Darcy favors him. Young Fitzy is too much of a stuck up prig to get close to. I hardly know anyone else in our set that is at Cambridge to actually learn.”
The three laughed uproariously at their humor. George stood just outside the doorway, equal parts angry and dismayed. He had thought he was accepted in the group based on his own merits; that besides his lack of fortune and breeding, those of the first circles had seen his value and sought to cultivate his friendship because of that. To find out he had been acquired due to his connections to the Darcys was appalling. For a brief moment, he wondered if this was what Darcy felt like all the time.
George retreated a few feet and then made a show of entering the room loudly, stopping the conversation. “Gentlemen,” he said in greeting. “Northmore, I have received an express and am required at home immediately,” he said.
Northmore’s apparent concern would have seemed genuine if George had not just heard their discussion. “Nothing terribly wrong, I hope?” he said.
George swallowed tightly. “My father is ill,” he said mildly, trying his hardest to hide his distress.
Northmore’s response was lukewarm. “Oh, well,” he said, “I do hope that all is resolved shortly. ‘Tis a pity that your holiday has been cut short.”
Nothing about being sad he was going. No distress at his news. George felt as if the world had been laid bare before him. He was not wanted here. And so, he bowed succinctly at that comment and excused himself to pack. He was on the next post coach back to Pemberley, determined to forego all comforts until he was at his father’s side.
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